azimuth - 12/12/2005 11:27 PM
Let's remember Tookie's victims
I don't disagree with you much Az, and I will support your point, although I will do so in bad faith!
How was society's advanced by his death?
Was justice searved?
Were the victims of his crimes avenged?
Society is not better off today, after his death, than it was yesterday. On the contrary.
The man who was put to death yesterday, is not the man who brutally killed these individuals.
Sparing his life would be by no means forgetting them. It would have been honoring them
Would I be the facther of one of the victims, I'd want to kill the bastard right there, right then
This is 25 years later. The man has changed. Was his rehabilitaion genuine? Does it matter if the results show that the impact was positive? I think not!
Were I a parent of the victim, 25 years later, I would have petitioned to save the man's life.
Who better then him can talk to those who join gangs. Who, of the multitude who do not want the victims forgotten has done so? The truth is, if I were a family of his victims, after seeing his work and its impact, I would want him to continue his work, to honor the lives of the family member I had lost, until his death in the carceral system. If his work only served to save one future victim by turning people away from gangs, this would be much more done in memory of my family member than would ever be accomplished by his death.
Further, the death penalty has no value as detterent. What criminal plans to be caught?